Additional stroke risk screenings will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 23 at University East Hospital’s Bistro O-H Café, 181 Taylor Ave.; and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 26 outside the Farmer’s Market at the North Market, 59 Spruce St. Registration is not required.
Media representatives are asked to call Medical Center Media Relations at 614-293-3737 to make arrangements to cover these events.
During the stroke screenings, participants will be assessed on the eight factors that increase the risk of a stroke -- high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation, smoking, cholesterol, diabetes, exercise, diet and family history. No registration is necessary.
Strokes happen when blood flow to the brain stops. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die. There are two kinds of stroke. The more common kind, ischemic stroke, is caused by a blood clot that blocks or plugs a blood vessel in the brain. Hemorrhagic stroke is caused by a blood vessel that breaks and bleeds into the brain. "Mini-strokes," or transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), occur when the blood supply to the brain is briefly interrupted.
Symptoms of stroke include:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg (especially on one side of the body).
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech.
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause.
Anyone with these symptoms should seek immediate medical help.
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